Dr. Cédric Maridet
Cédric Maridet studied literature and sociolinguistics in Paris VII University, and holds a PhD in Media Arts (City University of Hong Kong). His practice includes intensive field work and research to create video, installations, photography, sound compositions and works on paper, constructing narratives based on history, fiction or science.
Maridet has participated in residencies, solo and group exhibitions internationally, including Tate Modern in UK, Para Site and Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. In 2014, he was awarded the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards – Artist of the Year (Media Arts) and Gold Award in Media Arts Category at the 19th ifva. In 2005, he was awarded Prize of Excellence in the Hong Kong Art Biennial. In 2013, he was commended by Secretary of Home Affairs for making outstanding contributions to the development of arts and culture.
My research takes root in my definition of listening as a concept that goes beyond sole sonorous events; it encompasses a holistic sensitive experience of the world, rooted in a particular posture of care and attention that informs conceptually and formally my interdisciplinary media art practice, in which research, theories, and productions are all embedded in an experimental approach. From a focus on sound and images, my research scope has expanded beyond the notion of object or a specific medium, to explore the aesthetics of systems with research on kinetic sculptures that simulates particular ecosystem or natural phenomena. Since 2010, I have contributed as an ambisonic sound composer and audio programmer for unique immersive visualisation systems combined with powerful sonic architectures that are benchmarks in the realms of virtual, augmented, mixed realities. These works reinterpret tangible and intangible heritage and archival materials from many regions including Asia, Australia and Europe.
Exhibitions and works have received grant funding from Art Promotion Office, Art Development Council, Dunhuang Academy, Oak Maritime (HK) Inc., City University of Hong Kong Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE), Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (ACIM), Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
I have been teaching art in many universities in Hong Kong over the last ten years. My experiences reflect a strong interdisciplinary and intermedia expertise that is also found in my own creative works, in which research, theories, and productions are all embedded in an experimental approach; this is also a foundation for my teaching career, so that creative process enters the classroom context, and opens a wealth of opportunities. Looking at the medium of sound, I am interested to develop an awareness of listening not only as a sonorous event, but as a mode of existing, politics of care, and of grasping an environment leading to the development of works allowing remediation for instance in a wider context of sound in contemporary art practices. I believed in the possibility of experimentation to foster the possibility of students to develop a creative autonomy and find their own voice.
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